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Revellers can enjoy suds on Sunday

Jason Unrau
Northern News Services

Inuvik (May 30/05) - "This is a historic day," announced Mad Trapper house musician Mark Stevens to loud cheers from a packed bar. "It's the first Sunday ever that the Trapper has been open."

Since new NWT Liquor regulations came into effect April 1, bars in the territory are permitted to open six Sunday's a year, providing a permit is applied for two weeks in advance of the desired Sunday.

According to Mad Trapper manager Dave Rogers, business was brisk Sunday.

"I was curious myself as to how it would go but it was busier than Friday as far as sales," he said.

As for future Sunday openings, Rogers says a look at the calendar would be in order, however, "the Grey Cup, that's a given."

Down the road at Frosty's Arctic Pub, the crowds were steady as patrons came to join in the farewell party for Edmonton rockers Gone By Dawn, who obviously made a lot of friends during their residency at the popular watering hole.

"It was a busy day here," said regular John Heenan of Frosty's Sunday crowd. "Lots of customers."

For Frosty's, it was the second Sunday this year they were open.